Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced that 22 groups will receive federal government funding to help immigrant and refugee women who are visible minorities land and keep jobs in Canada.
The minister acknowledged the barriers faced by newcomer women face in their quest to find work in Canada, including racial discrimination, low-paid employment, and a lack of affordable child care and social supports.
The organizations that will get a cut of the $7.5-million pilot funding will launch projects over two years that aim to develop and test innovative approaches to help visible minority newcomer women find a job and succeed as well as enhance digital literacy so they can succeed in the Canadian labour market.
In a statement, Hussen said that visible minority newcomer women face more challenges than any other demographic in entering the workforce.
“This isn’t just about getting women jobs. It’s also about providing a sense of dignity and belonging. Canada’s gender equality is for all women, not just for some.”
According to government data, visible minority newcomer women have the lowest pay and the poorest prospects for jobs.
Their median yearly pay is $26,624, compared to non-visible minority newcomer women ($30,074), visible minority newcomer men ($35,574) and non-visible minority newcomer men ($42,591).
Projects that will receive funding include pilots for entrepreneurs, literacy, digital programs and trans women.
It would also be important to know how funds for previous initiatives have really helped newcomer women. Perhaps the organizations receiving this funding should track the performance of the newcomer women they help in order to create better programs in the future. -CINEWS